"You can't do this to me! I'm an American"
Berkeley has called for ouster of the Marine Corps from "its borders".
The council also voted to allow members of Code Pink, the protest group that helped organize Friday's blockade, to park at a designated space in front of the recruiting office every Wednesday afternoon and operate a loudspeaker. The council's action apparently made Berkeley the first city in the nation to call for the ouster of a military recruiting station from its borders. ...
Conservative blogs blasted the council and Berkeley in general all day with comments such as one on "Gathering of Eagles": "These cretins disgust me."
Members of the council who voted to condemn the Marine Corps station were unbowed.
"I guess they've never heard of free speech," Councilwoman Dona Spring said. "I've had a lot of nasty phone messages today, threatening me with things like saying, 'I'll take you out.' But they can go ahead. I don't feel scared."
Code Pink said it has begun to circulate a petition calling for a Berkeley ballot measure that would make it more difficult to open and operate recruiting stations. The measure would be modeled after anti-pornography laws, organizers said, mandating that - like porn shops - new recruiting offices be subject to public hearings before they would be allowed to locate near homes or schools.
Zombietime provides a little cultural backgrounder here (Warning: graphic in a bizarre way). Although Councilman Dona Spring likes to characterize the situation in terms of "free speech", it is also an example of the "free rider" phenomenon. As Wikipedia notes "a common example of a free rider problem is defense spending: no one person can be excluded from being defended by a state's military forces, and thus free riders may refuse or avoid paying for being defended, even though they are still as well guarded as those who contribute to the state's efforts." Therefore, despite the fact that Berkeley wants the Marine Corps removed from "its borders" there is no apparent interest in removing Berkeley's "borders" from the protection of the Marine Corps. If, for example, time-traveling Nazis should show up on Shattuck Avenue, the very same persons who are outraged at the existence of the Marine Corps would demand their protection from them. And they would get it.